Day 195: Man and Bug

Man and BugOn Friday, I made this little man staring at a bug. I should explain that the inspiration for his face actually came from some fuzzies I saw on the ground in my apartment. There was a circle and then just two little dots in the bottom of the circle. Looked like a contemplative man to me.

p.s. I think this means we need to clean. Hehe.

Day 194: Blog Makeover

MakingMadeHeader

Today was a big day for the Making Made blog—maybe I should even call it historic.  What happened today, you ask? My blog got a big makeover, which involved choosing a new theme and making this header.

Now the blog has a cleaner and more designed feel, which I’m hoping will really complement my artwork and photography.

I’m so excited about the new look!

Day 192: Girl

Girl

On Tuesday, I made a doodle of a girl, which was actually inspired by three different sketches. This sketch by Berlin-based graphic designer and illustrator Ekaterina Koroleva is what inspired the hair. This sketch by Tom Cardo-Moreno inspired the lined detailing of the lips and sweater, and this last funny sketch by Kris Atomic inspired the facial features.

Day 191: Winding Street

Winding Street

On Monday, I made a drawing of a winding street in France. The sketch is actually on the first page of a rather big sketch book that happens to be too big to actually scan on my scanner. That complicates things because I’ll need to take pictures of the things I do in this book. Kind of annoying.

Day 188: Camping

Tree and Sky at Dusk

Cowboy in the Forest

Grill

Beer in the Forest

At the Cooler

Forest Taco Ingredients

Campfire

Michelada

In the Light

Feet in the Dark

This past weekend, a big group of friends and I went up to Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin for some camping. On Friday night, I took lots of pictures as we cooked dinner (delicious al pastor tacos!) and sat around the fire talking and singing. It was a hot night and I wasn’t feeling so good (I think because I drank an entire liter of water in under 30 seconds earlier in the evening), but it was still fun to be with my good friends.

That is more than I can say for later in the evening. As we put ourselves to bed in the three-walled shelter, we realized that the mosquitoes were merciless–it felt like one was flying into my ear and making that high-pitched and ever-so-annoying buzzing noise every five seconds. Meeeeeeehhhhzzzzzz. On top of the sweltering heat, it made for a bad situation.

Luckily, some friends were smart enough to bring a tent, so I eventually gave up on sleeping in the shelter and squeezed myself into the tent with them. At that point, I was safe from the bugs, but not from the weather, and only barely managed to get a fitful night’s sleep.

Why does the Midwest have to be so hot?

Anyways, despite the ridiculousness, it was still a good night with lots of laughs. Thanks friends!

 

Day 187: Reuben Bread

Reuben Bread

Reuben Bread 2

Reuben Loaf 4

Reuben Loaf 3

We had an All-American themed potluck at work on Friday, so on Thursday night I made a loaf of reuben bread for the first time ever. I’m pleased to say that the bread was a big hit–in fact, one co-worker even said I’m heretofore required to make reuben bread for every potluck. What a compliment!

Thanks, Mom, for the recipe!

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 c flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 c thousand island dressing
  • 8 oz. shaved corned beef
  • 1/4 lb. swiss cheese
  • 8 oz. sauerkraut
  • 1 egg white
 Directions
  1. Mix 2 1/4 c flour with sugar.
  2. Add salt, yeast, hot water and butter.
  3. Add remaining flour to make soft dough.
  4. Kneed dough four minutes.
  5. Roll out to 10″ by 14″ on baking sheet.
  6. Spread dressing down center 1/3 (14 inches). Top with cheese, meat and kraut.
  7. Cut strips 1″ wide on each side and alternate over meat.
  8. Brush with egg
  9. Cover.  Let rise 15 minutes over large pan of boiling water.
  10. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.